On Monday, Salon compared Republican resistance to the Civil War. It called the GOP rebels without noting that it currently fights, as it did then, for liberty.
We can make historical comparisons, too.
Obama's entire administration has resembled the worst examples of the old coal company town in Southern West Virginia. How so?
In company towns, all aspects of life were provided for by or otherwise controlled by company authorities.
The company hired the teachers and controlled curriculum in the schools. Obama's Department of Education seeks more and more control, removing local government and parents from the equation.
The company provided the health care that it thought you deserved. Like Obamacare.
Many company towns actively monitored and suppressed dissent. They especially feared organized labor. Obama's NSA, IRS, DHS, and other agencies collect information on and/or harass groups whose influence it fears.
Reporters coming into coal towns to find the truth were routinely threatened and beaten. Obama's administration has secretly monitored the Associated Press and who knows who else.
Rising tuition costs and easy credit have trapped college graduates into a cycle of debt control. They do not make enough money to pay their debts. Just like the set up in the old company town stores.
In one infamous incident, striking miners living in houses on company land near Matewan were evicted by mine guards from the Baldwin and Felts Detective Agency. This violated local law that said any evictions must go through the courts and be carried out by the sheriff. Obama's administration evicted elderly families from homes they had lived in since the 1970s because they were on federal land.
The company towns were a bad development because they placed all power over a community in the hands of one central authority. Even if it had good intentions, absolute power corrupts absolutely. It is a good thing that Congress has stood up for its role in our system of government. Obama has been corrupted enough already.